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Day of the Killer Tornadoes (1978)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | 1978 (USA)
Presents the story of the day 147 deadly twisters swept through Ohio, Kentucky, and Alabama. The funnels devastated large portions of 11 states, killing 307 people in the US and 8 more in ... See full summary »

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John Burke ...
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Bill Burn ...
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Dick Burroughs ...
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Fred Collins ...
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Dick Gilbert ...
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Irby Jarvis ...
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Leora Macaron ...
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Dave Reeves ...
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Burt Rowman ...
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Bob Stewart ...
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Gil Whitney ...
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Presents the story of the day 147 deadly twisters swept through Ohio, Kentucky, and Alabama. The funnels devastated large portions of 11 states, killing 307 people in the US and 8 more in Canada. Includes extensive footage of the tornadoes actually striking Xenia, Cincinnati, and Louisville. Also shows how warning, advance preparation, and coordination in emergency operating centers have helped to save many lives. Written by National Technical Information Service

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An unpleasant but important historical film.
25 January 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the 1970s, there was a hellish day of tornadoes that struck the South, Midwest and even into Canada. Nearly 150 tornadoes were spotted and the damage was huge--with over 300 fatalities and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. This short film is a dramatization of that day--with narration, interviews and actual footage shot during that awful day. Of all the things you could take from the film is that the big cities fared much better than small...perhaps because of luck but also due, in part, with having early warning systems which the small towns lacked.

The is a rather unpleasant film...which it should be. It certainly is not the sort of thing most people would want to watch but it have historical value..hence I am not going to give this one a numerical score.


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